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Christmas parade set for Monday

Published 12:03am Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa’s coming to town, and he’s bringing a parade with him.

The Alexander City Chamber will present the 2011 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Annual Hometown Christmas parade Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

“We’ll have our usual 80 plus entries ranging from bands and floats of all sorts, walking groups, such as scouts and other type entities, our elected officials, our pretty little pageant winners and the Alex City horse riding club,” said Marvin Wagoner, Chamber president. “And course we’ll have Santa and Mrs. Claus with their brand new sleigh and reindeer float. We’re excited for their inaugural appearance with their new entry.”

The route will begin at Comer Street, travel in front of the Alexander City Shopping Center on Dadeville Road and continue onto Cherokee Road. Then the route will proceed on to Church Street, through the roundabout and to Tallapoosa Street in front of the chamber’s office where the parade float judging station will be. The parade will end at the intersection of Tallapoosa Street and Bibb Street at the bottom of the hill.

Wagoner said the chamber is also selling white long sleeved T-shirts to keep patrons warm for $10.

“This year’s theme connects nicely with our previous theme of ‘Just Believe,’” said Marvin Wagoner chamber director. “Which means that the ‘Just Believe’ long-sleeve T-shirts and bracelets continue to be fashionable for the coming Christmas season. They can be purchased at the Chamber and in various stores around town.”

Wagoner also said those participating in the parade will be judged for first, second and third place in the business, non-profit, entertainment and individual categories.

“The winners will be given plaques and recognized at our holiday appreciation breakfast on Dec. 15,” Wagoner said. “It’s an annual event where we recognize our city and elected officials and we’ll present the winners of the parade.”

But before the parade makes its way around downtown, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance Sunday, Dec. 4 between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Bud Porch Center, located at 82 Court Square in Alexander City, for all the children to share their Christmas wishes.

“All the parents are invited to bring their children and see Santa,” Wagoner said. “They’ll need to bring their camera because we will not have a photographer. At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will light Main Street’s big Christmas tree, and everyone will have time to depart and go to church.”

Overall, Wagoner said this weekend will be a great way to begin the holiday season.

“It will be an exciting weekend,” Wagoner said. “We would like to encourage everyone to come out. It’s always chilly, but it’s always a great night. It’s just a lot of lights and activity and thousands of people lining the route to see something really special.”

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